Following two incendiary singles in the form of ‘Wings’ and ‘I Remember The Town’, a track that Louder described as “a Vai/Satriani/Petrucci-style Hydra, throwing in some Maiden-esque harmonising”, today D_Drive’s brand new album ‘Dynamotive’ has been unveiled to the world.
Whether it’s budgies, nostalgia or a simple thumbs up from a dear friend, D_Drive are emblematic of their native Japan. ‘Dynamotive’ represents a collision of culture where East meets West in truly fantastic fashion.
Check out the video for ‘Red Light, Green Light’, showcasing D_Drive‘s incredible virtuosity below.
Regarding the release of the album the band comment:
“We’re incredibly happy to finally release our brand new album! It means so much to us and over the years we have put a huge amount of hard work into this. We really hope you enjoy not only the songs but the way that the songs sound and that this reflects the quality of our instruments.”
The record as a whole moves from sounds that fans of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and John Petrucci would be right at home with, yet retains an anchored metallic groove that keeps the Metal gauge topped up. This groove is signature to the band’s style of ‘Driving Rock’ as coined in the name of D_DRIVE.
The level of inspiration varies throughout out ‘Dynamotive’. Opening track ‘Red Light, Green Light’ for example is a musical interpretation of ‘Grandmother’s Footsteps’ inspired by the hit TV series ‘Squid Game’.
Throughout ‘Dynamotive’, the duality of life is explored with songs being dedicated to the World Trade Center tragedy of 2001, the pandemic and it’s strangulating pull on the population, to the beautiful blossoming of the seldom known Ume tree (meaning Plum in Japanese), D_DRIVE have a relatability that often surpasses the need for lyrics. Other inspiration came from the members own experiences or even a simple ‘Thumbs Up’ that would be given to the band from Marshall Managing Director Jon Ellery; their humble way of honouring Jon.
Sonically the band also wanted to pay homage to their Japanese roots on ‘Ume’ which begins with a Japanese pop sensibility in its melody. Staying true to their own ‘driving rock’, ‘Breakout’ ends the album on a powerful note with the seven string battering and riffs that would rival even the spiderlike fingers of Dave Mustaine.